Snowdon will usually be the last peak for most challengers, and it is recommended that you attemp to climb it from the Pen-y-pass Youth Hostel using the Pyg Track or Miners Track. Parking is in a small privately owned toll car park, which fills up early in the morning during summer weekends. Cars parked by the roadside are regularly given parking fines, or even towed away, and a local landowner has blocked areas previously used for parking, causing further traffic problems.
For this reason, it is a good idea for a support team to drop off challengers at the Youth Hostel, then travel down the pass to park in Llanberis, which has better facilities for the end of your challenge.
From the top, teams should follow the Llanberis path down, which stays close to the mountain railway, before a short, steep descent on tarmac into Llanberis itself. Plenty of parking is available near the Snowdon Mountain Railway station at Llanberis.
This whole area can be chaos on a sunny summer weekend, so be prepared to change your plans at short notice, and keep in contact via mobile phones, which work well around Llanberis, not at all higher up.
The Pyg Track is well used and can be very popular throughout the year, it also serves as one route to the base of Crib Goch and is used by scramblers and climbers, as well as walkers. Take care not to divert from the path towards Crib Goch itself. Starting from the car park at Pen-y-pass, it climbs steadily to meet the summit ridge, then just a short walk to the top, and station cafe (currently being rebuilt).
The Miners Track has been very much improved over recent years, and we now suggest this as a real alternative for teams struggling at this point. For ease of parking, the descent should be via the Llanberis path, an easy and popular route, following the course of the railway. At this point you will need some liquids and food, your body will be quite fatigued, so don't skimp on supplies for this last section.
Remember to take some money with you for this mountain, the cafe may be open whilst you're on the top !! However, don't expect to be able to buy a train ticket for the journey down to Llanberis, even if it's running it's often fully booked.
As a rough guide, you should be aiming to achieve
these times at least on the mountain
2hr 15mins climb,
1hr 45mins descent.
Or whatever time you have left...!!!
Remember that Pen-y-pass is at around 360 metres height, reducing the total climb up the 3.5 mile Pyg Track to the summit, but the route back into Llanberis is about 5 miles long.
And you may be very tired by then..!
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Well done..! The finish at Llanberis - Snowdon Railway Llanberis Station in the background.
Another successful team at the finish, Llanberis
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Mobile phone coverage
Llanberis has very good coverage, but teams should note that coverage from Pen-y-Pass is extremely poor. A payphone is available outside the cafe.
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Snowdon Mountain Railway
Information website about the mountain railway which you will get to see up close..!
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